I’ve been employed as a legal assistant with the Canadian Federal Department of Justice for almost 9 1/2 years. I’ve been on the same small team of 14 (I love my coworkers!) since the day I started working for the department and although we made one move between buildings a few months after I began the job, this has been my view since March 2003.Tomorrow, however, will be the last day that I will see this view when I go to my job in the “real” world. The red arrow I added to the picture marks the brand spanking new building my work station will be set up in next week!
DOJ has offices in three buildings in our city and for years “they” have been looking for office space large enough to house us in one building. A new office tower has been constructed and we will lease 5 or 6 floors of it. Rumors about “the big move” have circulated within the office for years and the fact that it has become a reality is hard to fully grasp. Although it feels surreal, the reality is that office furniture and equipment for 450 employees, our law library, and thousands upon thousands of files will be moved to the new building over the course of the next month. Our team is included in the first part of the move and it all happens for us this weekend. When I go to work next week, my view will be completely different. I’ll be moving from the 20th floor to the 4th floor and from an outer station with a huge window and an abundance of natural lighting, to an inner station without a window. 🙁